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ซึ่งเขียนไว้เมื่อปี 2018 กันค่ะ
📣 Hello guys, my name is ⭐ Punn ⭐. I came to Auckland 3 years ago to pursue my dream of being a doctor. I’m currently on my 3rd year in Medicine (MBChB) at the University of Auckland, in another word, I’m half way there (not really). My journey here has been quite exciting and hence why I want to share it with you guys.
I came to Auckland in 2015 and did a foundation course before I got into the University. It was a good transition period of moving into a new country with a new environment but I would not say that it was an actual Kiwi’s culture. Most of the students there were international students and the only way you can learn more about New Zealand 🇳🇿 is to talk to the teachers or your host family (I lived in a homestay). During that time, I have made some lifelong friends whom I’m still hanging out from time to time until now. The school itself was pretty much like high school and some were even easier. Therefore, I spent most of my time hanging out with friends and explored Auckland.
A year went by and I finally got into the University. This was a really big change, I need to admit it was quite challenging and I experienced some culture shock at the beginning. I moved into the University Hall, a dormitory for 1st year students, and had been put on floor 14, the penthouse floor. I was the only international student on my floor (out of 33 people) while the rest were from different parts of New Zealand. Can you imagine 32 very enthusiastic fresh-out-of-highschool students trying to talk all at once?! I had a trouble coping with the speed as well as the accent during my first few weeks but luckily I got used to it eventually. There were so many things happened during my time there that I can literally spend the days talking about it. They say “a picture worth a thousand words” and therefore I’m just going to flood you with loads of pictures.
Throughout the year, I got to know some of my floor mates very well and even got a chance to visit some of my friends’ place over the breaks. I visited Pius and Daham in Rotorua, a home of Maori culture and a city of hot pools, over the inter-semester break in July. Then, during the mid-semester break, I visited Jack and Mike down in Christchurch, a well-known city down South Island. Finally, I visited Anneke after the semester end in Hasting, a town famous for its wine. They were such a memorable and unique experiences you could not find it elsewhere and I was really grateful for that.
Enough of the hall, let me bring you to the University side. My first impression was a diversity on campus! For those who don’t know much about Auckland, other than the European and the Maori you would have expected, there is a large population of Asian living here as the resident as well. As such, it was quite easy for me to blend in and not feeling so much out of the place. Secondly, we don’t have a uniform here so you can wear whatever you want to the lecture. Lecture recordings are also available for most of the courses which give you flexibility and also a great revision tool. Moreover, there are more than 200 clubs on the campus to choose in which I ended up joining 7 on my first year.
Studying here are quite different compared to Thailand I suppose? New Zealand is bless by the beauty of nature and it would be such a waste if you don’t go out exploring it. Although, studying is my first priority, I try to get out as much as I could to make the most of my time here. During first year, my time outside of studying had been evolved around the hall gangs and different clubs I signed up to such as Kiwi Asian club, Badminton club, Thai club and Tramping club. However, I have found my place in a particular club called ISAA (International students’ Association of Auckland) and has been part of them since then. I love the fact that in this club, I meet people from all around the world through and we travel to different parts of New Zealand together.
Since I have already mentioned about ISAA, let’s not worry about the timeline and move through it quickly. This club has played a major part in my life and I have been part of the committee groups since my first year second semester. Last year, we won the second-best culture club of the year with me being the vice-president. This year (2018), I have the privilege to serve as the president of the club and I am really grateful for that. We have around 500 members annually, so as you can imagine, the workload can sometime be quite overwhelming, but it is really rewarding at the same time. There are many trips I have organized and many places I have been with the club for the past 3 years and I’ll show you some.
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